Link of the Week – Reedsy & ME!

February 12, 2019

Many of you know that I am a freelance editor. I’ve been at it for 6+ years. I have worked with authors at every stage of their careers, including USA Today and NY Times best sellers. I specialize in line and developmental editing. Romance is my passion, especially the subgenres paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, erotic, and suspense. I have been known to work with mystery and sci-fi authors, as well.

Today’s link of the week is my profile with Reedsy. Reedsy is a place which “connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers to create high-quality books”. Boom!

Link Of The Week-An Editor Extraordinnaire

August 30, 2016

We all know and love Jennifer Bray Weber! She’s a talented author who has won many awards and is multi-published. I’m one of her biggest fans!

But, did you know she’s also an amazing editor? Jennifer has worked with best selling authors and those just beginning. Here’s what one author has to say about her services:

“Jennifer Bray-Weber has an excellent eye for details, story telling and the mechanics of writing. She offers a comprehensive line edit as well as a thorough look into the nitty-gritty details of your story to make sure that it is cohesive. I enjoy her style and approach. Her feedback was spot on and truly helped me enhance my story, drawing out my voice, without losing any of the creativity and uniqueness of the story. Additionally, she helped me immensely with historical wording (etymology). I can’t recommend her enough!”

Eliza Knight, award-winning author.

We all need tools in our belt to produce the manuscripts possible- this is one tool you don’t want to miss!IMG_5556–critiquing-services.html

Link Of The Week-Need An Editor?

August 9, 2016

Carla Rossi is an award winning author and happens to be my critique partner. She has a keen eye for story and will find even the smallest grammatical blunder…I know, she’s found all of mine!

She has attended PENCON 16, the Proofreaders and Editors Network Conference and is a pending member in the Editorial Freelancers Association and has been published since 2008!

“In the first round edits, I will read your completed MS and use Track Changes to make notes and comments. I usually make general story suggestions in an e-mail when I return the MS to you. I offer examples, when possible, by way of light rewriting. First round edits include:

  • identifying plot holes and checking the clarity and overall development of the story
    • Does the story start in the right place? Does it follow a logical path? Is it consistent?
  • establishing that the characters are well-developed and believable
    • Have you written realistic, authentic, and multi-layered characters, and do they follow a natural and consistent arc through the story?
  • checking for POV issues
    • Are you writing in the best possible POV for the scene/story/character and for your market?
  • identifying possible problems with word choice, awkward sentences, story gaps, show-don’t-tell issues, and other general writing mistakes
  • identifying common errors in grammar and word usage”


Editorial Services

Link Of The Week- Excellent Writing Teacher

July 26, 2016




I’ve had the chance to take a few of her classes, an all day workshop, read through two of her online lecture packets, and taken a VERY intensive Immersion class that lasted 4-5 days… I’m going back for more. Yes. She’s that good.

Margie teaches writers how to use her psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques to create page turners. She has presented over ninety full day master classes for writers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and on cruises in the Caribbean.

Writers credit her innovative deep editing approaches for their writing success: publication, awards, and bestseller lists.

Link Of The Week- How Can I Say That Better?

September 8, 2015

I’ve been stuck on one scene for the last two days. It feels stilted and doesn’t convey the emotion or flow that I like my writing to have on the page. Here’s a site that is meant for students in school, but has wonderful applications for writers who swim with words daily. Check it out and see if you can find a better way to say it!words

Bonus Link Of The Week- Pace Yourself!

August 11, 2015

Running on our Back-To-School link this week, we thought we’d bring a link to a phenomenal workshop being offered on pacing. This is a crucial element to great writing. You lose the pacing, you lose the readers! It’s as simple as that.



***DEADLINE – August 14, 2015.  PILOT class begins online, Saturday, August 15, 2015. (More details here.)




for a limited time…


the PILOT will be open to a small group, at $100’s off the final pricetag.  This is your chance to learn what you really need to fix, after you’ve done everything right and still haven’t sold… or sold well enough.


For 15 pilot students, this will change everything.  The PILOT cost?  Only $47. 


This 8-week, advanced course is an all-new way to understand why your story succeeds or fails, and exactly how to fix it.


This isn’t your mama’s pacing.

         In fact, it’s not what you’ve been taught before, at all.


It cuts across every technique you’ve already mastered.  And it requires a new roadmap.


While all the other craft-of-fiction techniques (plot, character, setting, theme, dialogue, etc.) are about what YOU, the writer, want to create (and how to pull it off), pacing is about how driven the READER feels to keep reading.


Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew how to assess pacing, this thing that really exists only in someone else’s head, and we knew how to kick its butt?


If pacing is the reader’s reaction to your story, you can’t be asking what the questions you normally ask as a writer (like what you want to create).  Quite simply, you have to ask waaay different questions. And you have to think with a different “brain.”


The Genius Pacing Academy gives you an easy (but deep) framework for evaluating what matters to the reader and what YOU need to put on the page.


All this comes together in The Genius Pacing Academy framework.   Using the framework as a guide, you’ll decode both what you do (words on the page) and what the reader does (your story experienced as her/his virtual reality).


Exactly what’s in The Genius Pacing Academy Framework?


* 10 page-level lenses for every single scene (and every single page) you ever write.


* 3 large-scale, story-level pacing “jobs” that work for every genre and every story-form (novel, short story, even scripts).


The pacing framework takes the unknowable and turns it into a deep, powerful skillset you’ll use every time you write, brainstorm, critique, and revise.


For 15 pilot students, this will change everything.  The cost?  Only $47.  SIGN UP NOW to be one of the pilot students.  Together, we’ll revolutionize the power of your writing.  Your readers will thank you.


GO HERE. (Your secrect code is MUSE.)


Questions? I’m here to help.  Diane Holmes


Link Of The Week- Editing Editing Editing

July 15, 2014

This link is really self-serving. I’ve finished my third novel and am knee deep in the editing process.images


My first question: How come this crap sounded so wonderful in my head when I was writing it?

The answer: Because I finally figured how to turn off my inner editor and simply write the story. …well, mostly turned it off… sort of turned it off…well, OK it was a daily battle but I did succeed some of the time.


Regardless of where you are in the writing journey, at some point you will have to edit your own work. This week’s links are here to help you do that particular job. (I have not used this, but came across it and thought it might interest some of you.)aton1395l ( Do NOT read this if you are offended by crude language!!!!!) -excellent article BTW'Not bad, Mr Poe...but could you write in a love interest for the raven?'


Link of the Week – Freelance Editor

July 6, 2014

20140707_115906This week’s link is a Public Service Announcement.

So you think you’re ready for a freelance editor. I just so happen to know someone, someone with competitive pricing,  who tends to be a grammar fanatic, and who pays attention to important details. You know, those pesky plots points, GMC, POV slips, character arcs, dialogue, inconsistencies, story development, genre details, and the like. She’s also a kind cool, witty chick.  ME!

Check me out!

Jennifer Bray-Weber’s Editing and Critiquing

Link of the Week – Grammarly

May 20, 2014

A pencil being sharpened in a pencil sharpenerEveryone, even the editor pros, need hep form time to time with grammar. Grammarly is an automated proofreader that, like your 5th grade English teacher, will check for grammatical mistakes. (But without the red pencil marking up your paper and the embarrassing grade.) The site will not only check for over 250 types of grammatical errors, it will also offer suggestions, enhance writing, and check against plagiarism.  You can try it for free and see if it fits your needs. Pretty darn cool.

Link Of The Week- Hear Your Book

February 25, 2014

TalkingToTheHandHave you ever wondered what your story sounds like spoken aloud? Would you like to hear how the flow of your varied sentence structures fit together? Have you repeated words?

All these questions can be answered with this week’s Link Of The Week. It is a text to speech software that uses natural sounding voices and it’s free! (There’s also a paid version but the free one is quite good.) There are a number of uses for this program, check them out.

By the way…..did I mention it was free?!?